Friday, January 11, 2008

Good People

Yesterday started out pretty lazily, but we picked it up after dark, and walked 27 kilometers for the day.

It started as we left our pavillion sleeping spot on a pier:
Again, we were waved down for lunch, so we went over for some food and song. Apparently, the chef that had cooked up the meal was an award-winning Amis Tribe chef. Sweeeet. The sashimi was fresh from the morning catch in the Pacific.

We walked through the Tropic of Cancer and hungout with some other folks in the afternoon.
One guy said, "The Pacific Ocean is our big refrigerator. Whenever we want to eat, we go catch something."
We left with a bag of sticky rice, and the woman told us to go find some ingredients so we'd have a few more meals to eat. At night, we found just what we needed: a 7-11.

7-11s are on just about every other block in the big cities here, but less frequent in the rural areas. We got what we needed and had a hobo feast.

We walked on and found ourselves at an elementary school where we talked, ate delicious school-grown crops, and drank Kaouliang Jiou (a strong liquor) with the principal, vice principal and some teachers. A joyous group it was.

Today, we woke up bright and early to elementary school kids poking around us while we slept. The east coast of Taiwan is full of great people and natural beauty.

We walked on, napped, and soon a police officer picked us up, and offered to take us a little further down the road. I'm going to bed now... at the police station. We've run into really nice authority here.

I think tomorrow, we'll try to make it to the big city, Taidong.


At January 11, 2008 at 2:30 PM , Anonymous Colin said...

Jeff, Awesome blog man. I'm really enjoying it. Sounds like you guys are having the best time. What an adventure. And just think, now it's only been two weeks, and how much has happened? How much have you learned and changed? Imagine doing that for a year, or even just a few months. I think lessons learned traveling are way more valuable than anything you could ever learn in school...
Anyway, peace man! Keep it up. See ya next week.

At January 12, 2008 at 12:07 PM , Anonymous darren said...



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